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OU 11: Red River Showdown

Top 11 performers for OU-Texas? Not easy. Could have been a top 15.

Each week Sooners Illustrated ranks the top performances from Oklahoma. This time around a look back at OU’s 45-40 win against Texas.

1. Dede Westbrook

The numbers really do say it all. Ten catches, 232 yards and three touchdowns. This is what OU fans expected from Westbrook since his juco days. He’s delivering every way imaginable now.

2. Samaje Perine

Perhaps the craziest stat of the entire game is Perine rushing 35 times and never losing a yard. Two more touchdowns, 214 yards, major outing by the junior who continues to regain his form.

3. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

Okoronkwo was almost as good as he was against TCU but falls to No. 3 this time around. His last two games have been his best with the Sooners, and he’s becoming that No. 1 pass rusher.

4. Jordan Evans

How’s that for your final Red River Showdown? Evans made it count, filling the stat book and keeping that defense together after all the injuries that have occurred this season.

5. Baker Mayfield

Two early turnovers are the only reason Mayfield is at No. 5. He was sensational for the most part with 390 passing yards and four more total touchdowns. His ability to bounce back has been pivotal.

6. Emmanuel Beal

Not sure anybody knew what would happen with Beal since Tay Evans is no longer part of the team, but Beal delivered. He’s still undersized, but he’s somehow making it work and making an imprint.

7. Jordan Wade

Continues to go out and get the job done. He’s not flashy, but he’s durable. He’s reliable, and he has been a big-time baller for the Sooners throughout this season.

8. Orlando Brown

The offensive line was so good almost borderline dominant against Texas, and Brown has really started to come into his own as a player and as the leader of the group.

9. Dimitri Flowers

Maybe the stats don’t say Flowers has had a huge impact but watch the game. He has become an unofficial sixth offensive lineman and still has the knack for making huge plays in the passing game.

10. Jordan Thomas

Really wanted to put Thomas higher in this list, but those two touchdowns in the second half have him here. He was the MVP of the first half. Between pass breakups and tackles, he kept the ship together.

11. Will Sunderland

Thrust into the moment and ready. Sunderland played really well even without the interception. Add in that pick that might have been the play of the game, and you have to include him in the list.


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